5 Mar 2003 sjanes71   » (Journeyer)

HTTP: The Definitive Guide     O'Reilly raises the bar of quality again for their own books. I've only read two chapters so far and they've filled in some gaps of knowledge. The biggest eye opener was learning that there are also kinds of parameters to the left-side of the ?, e.g. http://blah-blah/pagename;param1=value1;param2=value2?cgiparam1=value1&cgiparam1=value2 I've never seen it used before because I think it has mostly been used for FTP parameters (send it in binary/ascii, etc.). FTP et TELNET delendae sunt. Passwords sent in the clear just isn't good. I don't care about wrapping them in SSL, it's the equivalent of a wrapping the tourniquet on the detached leg and not the stub attached to the body in my mind. However, basic authentication in HTTP isn't much better.

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